Graduation 2014/1914: Excellent Engineers

The School of Engineering graduates just now so congratulations all you MEng and BEng graduates!
As a result, we have taken a look back at a couple of our Engineering graduates from 100 years ago: Symington Macdonald and George Hewitt Dundon.

Matriculation slip of Symington Macdonald

Matriculation slip of Symington Macdonald

Symington Macdonald graduated with a BSc in Engineering in 1914, after enrolling to study the subject in 1910. He was born in 1884 in West Virginia and his father was a mining engineer of the same name, so perhaps engineering was in his blood!

Symington was a very promising student and won many prizes during his studies for example a prize for Mining and Engineering Laboratory class.

After graduation, Symington became a mining engineer, like his father, but stayed in Scotland and married Agnes Borthwick: another University of Glasgow graduate who became a works manager at a large munitions factory. During the War Symington served as a lieutenant in the 3rd Cameronians- the Scottish Rifles, and was awarded the Military Cross.

George Hewitt Dundon

George Hewitt Dundon

Our second engineer is George Hewitt Dundon who also graduated with a BSc in 1914. He was born in 1893 in Limerick and came to Glasgow in 1911 to study Engineering. He specialised in Electrical Engineering and after graduation he joined the War effort. He served in the Royal Engineers, in the 5th Field Company, Reserve Battalion and rose to the rank of lieutenant. He survived the War and was awarded a Military Cross in 1918. The London Gazette reported that he:

“superintended the repairing and opening-up of a road under heavy shell fire. It was due to his untiring energy and example that this important road was made passable for the passage of guns and ammunition.”

To see the profiles of more BSc 1914 graduates, visit our University Story page. If you would like to contribute to any profiles, or would like to find out more then please e-mail the Duty Archivist at: enquiries@archives.gla.ac.uk.

The biographies of international students are  written by Club21 volunteers who work to update the International Story website and blog. If you would like to find out more about our International Story project and other international students of the University, please visit the website!

Happy graduation day engineers, and watch this space for more #GUgrad1914 posts!



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